When the Lombard Area American Association of University Women held its first used book sale in 1963, the items were displayed on a card table as part of a downtown sidewalk sale.
Fifty years later, the group began this week's event with roughly 25,000 books on sale at First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St.
"It's a wonderful selection for people to come and get their reading materials for the long winter months," said Mary Ann Grady, co-chairwoman of the event.
The group, which serves Lombard, Villa Park and the surrounding area, has held the sale in a variety of locations, including Yorktown Center, but came to the church a few years ago.
It's an ideal location, organizers say, because there's plenty of space to display all the materials.
Grady says the sale is the group's only fundraiser of the year and proceeds go to support local and national scholarships and grants and a legal advocacy fund.
The sale, which opened Wednesday, will continue from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. There's a bag sale Saturday and admission is free both days.
Any books that are not sold will be donated to the Chicago Literacy Organization.